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"I was in Hawaii when I tasted my first fish taco. I had been surfing all morning, and I was waterlogged, sun-kissed, and seriously starving when I spotted a woman at a beachside cart tucking grilled mahi mahi into tortillas." – Curtis Stone  From What's For Dinner? © 2013 Random House Photo © Quentin Bacon

“I was in Hawaii when I tasted my first fish taco. I had been surfing all morning, and I was waterlogged, sun-kissed, and seriously starving when I spotted a woman at a beachside cart tucking grilled mahi mahi into tortillas.” – Curtis Stone
From What’s For Dinner? © 2013 Random House
Photo © Quentin Bacon

As summer kicks in, Americans get a little grill-crazy. Something about smoke and smell and sounds of outdoor cooking triggers a mass migration to the backyard. On that, we all agree.

But when it comes to who mans the grill, the genders divide. In the U.S., we hold one truth to be self-evident, that man is keeper of the flame, master of the pit, guru of the grate.

“I’m a man. Men cook outside. That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question,” wrote Bill Geist, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent.

“If this wasn’t understood, you’d never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing weenies on the front, and messages like ‘Come ’n’ Get It!’”

No matter who wears the apron in your home, even accomplished pit masters need to step it up at times. To upgrade your grill skills, the Post invited celebrity chefs to offer alternatives to burgers and hotdogs. We think you’ll love the result. (And your neighbors will be impressed.)

For grilled fish tacos, steak au poivre salad, a savory portobello burger, and grilled veggie recipes from chefs like Emeril, Curtis Stone, and more, pick up the July/August 2014 issue of The Saturday Evening Post on newsstands, or…

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